Legislative Action Alert!!

An elections related bill (HB 2102) that should be of great benefit to voters throughout the State is stuck in the House of Delegates Judiciary committee.  HB 2102 redefines a Political Party and improves  ballot access procedures for political parties such as the Mountain Party.

Briefly, HB 2102 would allow a political organization whose candidates for any statewide office (and not just for governor) achieved 1 percent of the vote for that office to be a political party for purposes of ballot access.  Currently to remain a political party we have to invest enormous resources in our candidate’s campaign for governor. No other office qualifies us for continuing ballot access.  HB 2102 would also define a political organization with more than 5000 registered voter members be classified as a political party, regardless of how many votes the party’s candidates polled for any office.

The text of HB 2102 is in PDF format here:     http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2017_SESSIONS/RS/bills/hb2102%20intr.pdf   and in HTML text here:  http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb2102%20intr.htm&yr=2017&sesstype=RS&i=2102

Please contact members of the House Judiciary committee as indicated below.  Ask then to urge the committee Chair to put HB 2102 on the committee’s agenda, and to support the bill.  You can say that HB 2102 expands democracy and encourages more voters to actually get out and vote for their favorite candidate.  But say whatever you are comfortable saying as long as you make it clear that you support the HB 2102 and that you want to see it come up for a committee vote.

Here is contact information for House Judiciary committee members:


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